Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Bob Crane Show | KNX 8th Anniversary Special

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography may be published, but we are not finished working on Bob Crane's behalf. Far from it, in fact! 

On Saturday, May 30, 1964, Bob hosted a four-hour 8th anniversary special of his KNX radio program. For this special broadcast, he aired clips from many of the interviews he had conducted over the years at KNX. All four parts are presented here.

This was Bob's final Saturday broadcast. He remained at KNX for one more year, for a total of nine years. In December 1964, Bob auditioned for and accepted the role of Colonel Hogan on Hogan's Heroes, and Bob broadcast his last show at KNX on August 16, 1965.


The Bob Crane Show
8th Anniversary Special – KNX/CBS Radio
Saturday, May 30, 1964 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
PART 1 – 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Introduction by Eric Senich


Guests
  • Jack Lemmon
  • George Jessel
  • Gypsy Rose Lee
  • Soupy Sales
  • Bob Hope
  • Dick Van Dyke (also plays a clip of his interview with Fred Astaire for Dick)
  • Joe Louis (American professional boxer) and Terry-Thomas (English comedian)
Commercials
  • General Motors/GMAC Time Payment Plan
  • Budweiser
  • Buick – Riviera car
  • Milk
  • National Airlines
  • Senator Goldwater’s stand on Social Security– paid Republican announcement
  • LA Times ad for The Bay of Pigs article series
  • Command Hair Dressing – contest: giving away 70 Ford Mustangs
  • Burgermeister Beer
  • Plymouth Barracuda sports car
  • Delta Airlines
  • Ralph’s Supermarket

News Briefs
  • California 1964 Primaries
  • Politics – Barry Goldwater campaign, Salinger-Cranston debate (Friday, May 29, 1964)
  • Former VP Nixon meeting in New York
  • CA Gov. Brown – Memorial Day message
Songs
  • Great Day – Lena Horne
  • Theme from The Dick Van Dyke Show – Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra

The Bob Crane Show
8th Anniversary Special – KNX/CBS Radio
Saturday, May 30, 1964 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
PART 2 – 900 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Introduction by Eric Senich


Guests
  • Jule Styne 
  • Charlton Heston
  • Meredith Wilson and his wife, Rimi Wilson 
  • Shelley Berman
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Alexander King 
  • Jayne Mansfield
  • Arthur O’Connell 
Commercials
  • F&P Fruits and Vegetables Canned Foods
  • Pierre Salinger Campaign
  • National Airlines
  • Bandini Fertilizer
  • DelMonte Tomato Sauce
  • Chrysler 
  • Camel Cigarettes
  • The Oregon Coast (Travel)
  • Barry Goldwater Campaign
  • Delta Airlines
  • County Supervisor Warren M. Dorn
Songs
  • There’s No Business Like Show Business
  • Swanee (Wayne Newton)
  • My Wish (Craig Stevens)

News Briefs
  • Barry Goldwater Campaign, Rally
  • Gov Nelson Rockefeller taking weekend off on his Presidential campaign
  • Norwegian freighter ship Sandanger fire, 10 killed
  • Judy Garland’s condition continues to improve in Hong Kong following coma
  • Idaho Governor Robert Smylie – Snake/Colorado Project

The Bob Crane Show
8th Anniversary Special – KNX/CBS Radio
Saturday, May 30, 1964 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
PART 3 – 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Introduction by Eric Senich


Guests
  • Olivia de Havilland
  • Andr√© Previn
  • Phyllis Diller
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Gig Young
  • Stephanie Powers 
  • Gene Krupa
  • Danny Kaye 
  • Richard Chamberlain 
  • Bronislaw Kaper 
  • Eddie Cantor 
  • Norman Vincent Peale
Commercials
  • Foremost Dairies – Profile Nonfat Milk
  • Rockefeller for President Campaign
  • American Savings and Loan
  • LA Sunday Times – 1961 Bay of Pigs Series
  • Fullvita Vitamins
  • PSA Airlines/Hertz Rental Car 
  • Burgermeister Beer
  • BC Pain Medication
  • Plymouth Barracuda 
  • Pierre Salinger Campaign
  • Doublemint Gum
  • Aetna Insurance
Songs
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Theme (organist, Jimmy Smith)
  • Steve Allen Theme Song
News Briefs
  • Indianapolis crash kills one driver – Eddie Sachs 
  • Various new technological gadgets/inventions

The Bob Crane Show
8th Anniversary Special – KNX/CBS Radio
Saturday, May 30, 1964 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
PART 4 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Introduction by Eric Senich




Guests
  • George Hamilton
  • Rudolph Friml 
  • Keenan Wynn
  • Morey Amsterdam
  • Bette Davis
  • Jonathan Winters
  • Otto Preminger
  • Steve Allen
  • Jayne Meadows
  • Bill Dana
Commercials
  • Milk (American Dairy Council)
  • Judge Dalsimer for District Attorney Committee
  • Mocha Mix Coffee Creamer
  • National Airlines
  • Look Magazine
  • Fullvita Vitamins
  • Ralph’s Supermarket
  • Profile Nonfat Milk
  • The Herald Examiner
  • Rambler Automobiles
  • Bandini Fertilizer
  • Senator Barry Goldwater Campaign

Songs
  • Huguette Waltz

The 8th anniversary show was given to Carol Ford by a KNX colleague and close friend of Bob Crane who wishes to remain anonymous.

Drumming at the beginning of Parts 1 and 2 by Bob Crane and is courtesy of Bob's son, Scott Crane.

"Song of India" at the beginning of Part 3 performed by Bob Crane, sitting in with the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and is courtesy of Bob's best school friend, Charlie Zito.

Drumming at the beginning of Part 4 is the intro to the Hogan's Heroes March and is performed by Bob Crane.

Photographs included are from Bob's personal collection and are also courtesy of Scott Crane. For more about Scott, visit http://scottcrane.net/

Eric Senich is a radio DJ and the son of Jim Senich, Bob Crane's cousin. We are grateful to Eric for his voiceover work in this special series.

For more about Bob Crane and the campaign for his induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, visit vote4bobcrane.org